|Release: March 27 2011|
|Screen Resolution: N/A||Cartoon Violence|
The only redeeming factor here is the 3D visuals, which look great. You'll spend most of your time in the game's main Monkey Ball Challenge mode, and the 3D visuals in this mode give the game a sense of depth that really improves the gameplay. In addition to the depth provided by the 3D visuals, the game also puts several obstacles in the foreground, and though you'll have to suffer through some "gimmick" shots early on (and in the game's menu), the 3D really is implemented quite well, and seeing the different mazes in 3D helps bring Monkey Ball to life in a whole new way.
In addition to the single-player offerings, Super Monkey Ball 3DS has a slim multiplayer offering that allows you to use the 3DS' download play feature to go head-to-head against nearby friends and play through the game's two mini-game modes. This mode is yet another disappointment, as it doesn't use StreetPass or the 3DS' strong online component. Honestly, it feels like a holdover from the DS version of the game, and doesn't really add anything to the new 3DS Monkey Ball experience.
Unfortunately, lack of new content really is the biggest problem I have with Super Monkey Ball 3D. Aside from the ten new challenge stages, there's nothing else to really do with the game. And when you factor in that each stage takes ten minutes to beat (it is timed, after all), then you've got a game that is exhausted in two hours. Some kind of online mode, or more than two additional mini-game modes may have helped remedy this problem, but unfortunately Super Monkey Ball 3D does not have anything beyond the too-short core experience, and feels only half-finished as a result.
Super Monkey Ball 3D does get some credit for being a fun game, and for having some great 3D visuals. However, the game itself is so thin that it's hard to image feeling good about spending $40 for this title. Once you blast through the challenge mode, there is really no reason to revisit the game's two minigame modes, and this title will probably start gathering dust after the first time you put it down. It's a real shame there is so little content, as Super Monkey Ball 3D works and plays well, but as it is the game feels like it was rushed to release, and is only worth a rental at best.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer